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Opposition's politics of cheap popularity in Kampala bombings

A bombing scene in Kampala

A bombing scene in Kampala

Often times when the country faces security challenges, the opposition doesn't get concerned about how to join hands with the government to solve the challenge, but they rather concentrate on milking cheap political capital.
 
However, as they play their games they forget patriotism, the mandate of the government to protect citizens, and what the majority of Ugandans think about them. Recently the country faced deadly bombings, something that scared citizens and up to now, security is still working hard to deal with that problem.
 
As security tries to put things back to normal, the opposition has come up with a lot of conspiracies with an aim of earning cheap popularity. While on different political talk shows on different TV stations, the opposition blamed security for shooting people, who they say are 'innocent'.
 
The opposition doesn't explain how those people are 'innocent' and why exactly security was persuing them and not the others. The intention of the narrative they're creating is to earn cheap popularity from the relatives and the faith group that those suspected terrorists belong to. 
 
Before security made any progress in trying to put the situation back to normal, the same opposition was all over the media accusing security of being incompetent and some even said that the attacks proved laxity in Uganda's security.
 
Now suddenly, the opposition is all over the media again accusing security of persuing 'innocent' citizens. They search for relevance and populism in sensitive issues that involve the safety and security of our country.
 
When President Museveni made a proposal to have cameras installed on the streets of Kampala and other urban centers, the same opposition criticized the idea saying it was not going to yield any fruitful results. But these cameras have helped significantly in fighting the heartless criminals who do not value life.
 
The opposition cannot go on the floor of parliament today to move a motion in appreciation of the president for having thought it wise to install cameras on the streets of Kampala. The National Resistance Movement government resolute is to protect Ugandans and this is evident for the last thirty years we have been in power.
 
We foster peace because everything starts with peace and security and that's why the enemies, people who are dying with hatred have been trying hard to put down the peace and stability that has been in existence for all these years.
 
Recently we faced the challenge of criminals who were killing Ugandans using pangas in Masaka, when security swung into action and the people of that area got a moment of relief with no more cases of similar criminality today. Some of the opposition members of parliament were arrested and we wait for the court to decide on their fate.
 
The unfortunate politics of populism should stop for once especially in this period of time where terrorists have put the lives of Ugandans at risk. The opposition should know that the people who are losing their lives in these cowardly acts of terrorism also deserve and have the right to life.
 
How come they don't talk about them during their political debates on television? How come they didn't visit the families of those who lost their loved ones in the Masaka killings? Why does the opposition focus on standing and defending those that the police arrest with the intelligence of involving themselves in terrorism.
 
I hope Ugandans will be very wise enough to discover that the opposition doesn't care about their safety, all they want is criminality to continue so that maybe they achieve their goal of being in power. 
 
Osama Bin Laden and other world terrorists were pursued and killed by United States security. Did anybody see the opposition of the United States complaining that their government is killing innocent citizens? Was Bin Laden and other Islamic State terrorists ever taken to court and convicted? Wasn't that extrajudicial something that I'm hearing Uganda opposition singing on radios and television every day?
 
The writer is a deputy RDC Kyenjojo district.
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